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Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
     

Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado

4.8 5
by Dave Matthews Band
 
Like spiritual predecessors the Grateful Dead, the Dave Matthews Band have long been dogged by the accusation that they're really only capable of hitting their most soaring peaks in a live setting. But rather than bob and weave in an attempt to shake off that tag, the DMB seem willing to accept it -- in part, at least -- by punctuating their catalogue with numerous

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Like spiritual predecessors the Grateful Dead, the Dave Matthews Band have long been dogged by the accusation that they're really only capable of hitting their most soaring peaks in a live setting. But rather than bob and weave in an attempt to shake off that tag, the DMB seem willing to accept it -- in part, at least -- by punctuating their catalogue with numerous concert sets. This two-disc collection, which dates back to July 2001, might be the most adventurous (and certainly the most fiery) of their half-dozen live offerings. Much of Folsom is given over to material that was, a that point, not even officially released -- although, admittedly, diehards were certainly familiar with songs like the foreboding "Digging a Ditch" and "Bartender," both of which would later show up on Busted Stuff. Fans at the show respond most strongly to old standbys like "Crash into Me," presented here in a loose-limbed rendition that's more spry than usual, and "What Would You Say," but the musicians seem more intent on picking apart the intricacies of the then-fresh Everyday material. That's most evident in the sly, conversational tone that bassist Stefan Lessard and drummer Carter Beauford take on a free-and-easy "When the World Ends," as well as the elegant, torchy tenor that Matthews himself adopts on "Angel." As per usual, the band get a bit overwrought here and there, pushing "The Space Between," for instance, into the quicksand of prog-fusion. For the most part, however, Folsom is a perfect example of the connection between band and audience -- and the positive energy the collision can generate.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Even after Dave Matthews scuttled recording sessions with producer Steve Lillywhite in 2000 and turned to Glen Ballard to co-write and produce what became Everyday, he and his band performed songs from the abortive sessions in concert, and they eventually reworked the material into the 2002 album Busted Stuff. This, the fourth Dave Matthews Band live double CD, catches the group on July 11, 2001, filling its two-and-a-half-hour set with songs from the Lillywhite sessions and Everyday, even though the former were unknown to the band's audience at the time (at least, those members of the audience who hadn't downloaded the then-unreleased material). In fact, "JTR," the second song here, didn't make it onto Busted Stuff and is thus earning its first legitimate release on this album. Busted Stuff songs "Big Eyed Fish," "Bartender," and "Digging a Ditch" work well in their concert treatments and come off as excellent additions to the band's live repertoire. The eight Everyday songs are another matter. As they do on the album, they sound distinctly different from the band's other material, thrusting Matthews forward and revealing tighter song structures (which, in the DMB world, is not always a good thing). But the good news is that, as opposed to the abbreviated studio album arrangements, the performances here are more stretched out, giving the band more to do. Of course, the concert also features older Matthews material, and that brings listeners into the Grateful Dead world of multiple performances on record. This is the fifth time that "Crash into Me" and "All Along the Watchtower" have turned up on a Matthews disc, and for some listeners, that's at least a couple too many. But don't try to tell the band's fans that.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078636812427
catalogNumber:
68124
Rank:
54706

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Don't Drink the Water
  2. JTR
  3. When the World Ends
  4. So Right
  5. Big Eyed Fish
  6. Bartender
  7. What You Are
  8. Crash into Me
  9. Everyday
  10. I Did It
  11. Don't Drink the Water

Disc 2

  1. Angel
  2. Warehouse
  3. Recently
  4. Digging a Ditch
  5. What Would You Say
  6. All Along the Watchtower
  7. Space Between
  8. Stay (Wasting Time)
  9. Two Step
  10. Ants Marching

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Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first disc looks great but why is the Second disc the same songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this cd yesterday, but I have listened to it non-stop. It is one of the best live cd's of his career. It is also the first live recordings of "The Space Between", "I Did It", "When the World Ends", "So Right", and "If I Had It All". It sounds like you are actually there. The sound is great and you can hear each beat of the drums, guitars, fiddle, sax, and so on and so forth! Definitely worth adding to your cd collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evident to me is the way the audience and the band build up, and feed off of each others ENERGY making this a very true, expressive, soul stirring show. True, Alive, and Truly Live! Probably the two biggest examples of this are in, When the World Ends and Warehouse. I especially appreciated Boyd and his violin on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great for any Dave Matthews fan and is the best live performance yet. The sound is excellent on the cd! It sounds like your actually there, but hey it's the next best thing. If you're going to get a cd get this one especially because it's live and live is better than the regular cd's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best of the many good live albums from this band. If you want to find out why there are so many live albums, listen to this one! The non-Dave members shine like a new Selmer saxaphone! This is often listed as pop rock, but it as hard to cubbyhole as Lyle Lovett and other bands of today. If you like guitar rock, you will like this. If you like jazz....ditto. Ditto for live, acoustic, alternative and others. Try it, you will like it!